Cricket Stadiums in India

It’s only cricket” – well not in India. In India cricket is more like a religion than a sport. Played by nearly 40% of the population cricket is now a major part of India’s heritage and the great players national treasures that will never be forgotten. Whether you land in Mumbai, New Delhi or Ahmedabad it won’t be long before you are greeted by something cricket related, for children playing in the street, to crowds of people dressed up and ready to support their local heroes. Whether you are a cricket fan yourself, or just want to get in on the action, here are our top 5 stadiums to visit on your travels.

1. Eden Gardens, Kolkatta

Kolkatta (formerly known as Calcutta) is a top destination for any traveller. Direct flights from London to Kolkata as low as £500 means you can be enjoying the cricket world first hand. Commonly known as the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought, it is also home to probably the most iconic of all India’s cricket grounds. Eden Gardens is also the largest ground in India and the third largest in the world.

Eden Gardens Kolkatta

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The stadium is famous for it’s very vocal crowd, who in the past caused Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar to refuse to play there ever again! It is well worth a visit for any cricket fan or curious mind alike.

2. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad

Along the banks of the Musi River lies the city of Hyderabad the ‘Lion City’ and of course the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

A state-of-the-art facility the ground has played host to Sachin Tendulkars 45th ODI hundred and his record 60th ODI Man of the Match award. This ground also holds an England record for the lowest amount of runs ever scored at the ground, 174 – not quite so impressive but doesn’t detract from the grandeur and heritage of this fantastic stadium. One extra, but equally important thing to add is that Hyderabad is also home to two of India’s iconic dishes the Hyderabadi biryani and Hyderabadi haleem! So enjoy the perfect day out with a trip to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium and lunch at a local hotspot.

3. Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Jaipur is situated in the picturesque state of Rajasthan, one of India’s major tourist destinations it is also home to the Sawai Mansingh stadium. Originally built during the reign of Sawai Raja Man Singh II the ground has witnessed the now infamous ODI 183 not out by current Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni against Sri Lanka. It also hosted the Cricket for Peace initiative between India & Pakistan. Whilst you are planning your trip to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, there are a number of other attractions that are well worth adding to your itinerary – the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, the Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Zoo (to name just a few).

4. Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

Nagpur is India’s second capital and of course home to the VCA stadium. Many regard the VCA as India’s best stadium for both practice and training with India’s Premier League founder Lalit Modi describing it as ‘by far the best in India’. The legend that is Mahendra Singh Dohni again holds the ODI record on this ground, a massive 124 against the Australians. A quick fact for the food lovers, Nagpur cuisine is famous for it’s very spicy taste, so be prepared.

5. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mumbai, also known by the name ‘Bombay’ is home to the most billionaires and millionaires in India, is the most populated city in the country and is also the birthplace of Bollywood and the famous Wankhede Stadium. Interestingly, the stadium was built as the result of a disagreement between the Cricket Club of India and the Mumbai Cricket Association over the allocation of tickets for matches. So the Wankhede was built and hosted it’s first match, the final test between India and the West Indies, in 1975. It is probably most famous for being the ground that Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in one over. When in Mumbai you won’t be spoilt for things to see and do and we would highly recommend a visit to the Wankhede.

Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life in the Wild

When faced with the daunting prospect of surviving the wild, it’s essential that the proper mind set is accompanied by thorough knowledge of the wilderness and how you can escape it. There are all kinds of survival methods promoted by those who have experienced this first hand, some of which are more effective than others.

However, the general survival instinct is what tends to keep those facing the wild alive and well. Here are the 3 top survival tips as advised by army surplus superstore Cadet Direct to remember should you ever face the trauma, physical demand and uncertainty of the wilderness, all of which could save your life in the most extreme circumstances.

Face Your Fears

Survival mechanisms are the core strength we rely on for stability when faced with any hazardous situation. When confronted by any new experience we tend to adopt a sense of fear, ultimately as a result of entering into the unknown.

The wild is no exception and can leave many of us feeling overly anxious at first. It is one of the many survival mechanisms we possess as human beings that can both keep us alive and prove to be detrimental.

Fear is the perception of events before they occur, while reality is the events that are occurring or have occurred. You can turn fear into motivation by talking back to your negative thoughts, which is hugely beneficial when you really need to focus and prepare yourself for whatever you may encounter.

Play to Your Strengths

Firstly, you will be absolutely no use to anyone with an injury, especially in a survival situation. Many people instantly begin thinking about what they need to survive in the wild instead of what it TAKES to survive, subsequently burning themselves out and struggling for the vast majority of their experience.

You need to consider, first and foremost, what YOU are actually capable of. People who are forced to go through the anguish of surviving the wild are hardly ever trained or experienced in doing so, so you have to be strong enough to realise that survival and survival efficiency are two very different things.

Bear Grylls is an accomplished survival expert and trained explorer, which means he makes things look incredibly easier than what they really are on TV. Don’t get me wrong; tips like those that Bear provides us with are incredibly helpful, but could we expect someone without his physical and mental strengths to accomplish similar tasks?

With all this in mind, it’s vitally important that you focus on survival instinct before anything else. If you panic, you’ll make rash decisions. Take your time and work to your strengths and you’ll have a far greater chance of survival.

Use Your Senses to Question and Study Your Surroundings

Before thinking about what you need to equip or search for, start your survival experience by analysing your surroundings. Consider where you are and how much you know already. Have you obtained a birds-eye view of your current location? What can you see in the distance? These are the primary questions you should be asking yourself.

Next, take in what’s around you, whether it’s a barren desert or complex jungle. This is where you can start thinking about what your location can provide you with. How can you better your current situation with the help of the environment you are in? There are always benefits amongst the cons to every location.

Your ultimate goal as soon as you set foot in this new and unexplored location is to become a master of your environment. Build a detailed list of what you see, hear and smell, and use your sight to identify potential shelter spots, routes, water sources etc. Rivers for instance can be heard as well as seen, so using all your senses to their fullest is vital.

Finally, consider what you have on your person. If you’re lucky enough to have a complete kit of survival tools, you’ve got a head start, but nothing more. If you have little on your person, don’t panic. There are plenty of ways your environment can equip you with what you need if you kow where to look.

Wander Through Weird Museums Around The World

Tired of the usual tourist attractions when you travel? Want to waste some time at the oddest places you can find around the city? You wouldn’t be alone; every year thousands of people from all over the world flock to these museums of oddities to see what they have to offer. From the macabre to the titillating, skip the lines at the Smithsonian and give these a shot.

Museum Of The Weird

Museum Of The Weird

(Austin, Texas) – More like a sideshow than a real museum, this attraction promises weirdness and it delivers. You never know exactly what you will get when you go there, though they do always have a featured exhibit they announce on their site. This time it is the Minnesota Iceman. This frozen creature originally surfaced in the 1960’s and was shown in shopping centers and fairgrounds. But then the viewings just stopped, and until now no one has seen it. But now it is back, and being features as the headlining act at Museum of the Weird.

Parasite Museum

Parasite Museum

(Tokyo, Japan) – Have you ever wondered about the world of parasites? Neither have I, but this museum in Tokyo wants you to start. Or, as the English translation of their website says: “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the Parasites.” That might sound weird, but there is something weirdly enticing about the offer.

American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

(Baltimore, Maryland) – Sock Monkey Saturday….if that doesn’t get your heart racing with excitement, what will? Located in Baltimore is this unique art museum that features work only by self taught artists. They host various mediums, from paintings to glittering buses. They also have some really cool oversized statues you have got to check out.

Sex Museum

Sex Museum

(Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Sex is among the most salacious topics known to man. But this museum is far from pornographic. Instead it is a genuinely interesting look at sex through history, located in a city known for its unabashed perversions and eroticism. From stone phallus statues found in a temple of Aphrodite during the time of Rome, to paintings depicting sex in multiple cultures, you will be amazed by what you can learn here.

Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art

(Various, Massachusetts) – Some art just sucks. If you want to see what that means, then head to one of the three locations where they host such “masterpieces”. In Massachusetts you can find basement showrooms in different buildings that have hundreds of pieces of the worst art you can find. Check out a selection of that collection on their website. Most pieces have been found at second hand shops, in dumpsters, and at yard sales. They are worth a look.

Museum of Human Disease

Museum of Human Disease

(Sydney, Australia) – This January there is a lecture and exhibit dedicated to surviving the zombie apocalypse. That should tell you a great deal about this museum, located within the University of New South Wales. But there is much more to it than such novelty events. This is an interesting look at diseases and outbreaks in the history of humanity. It is one of the few museums anywhere that will have you leaving both fascinated and terrified.

Know of any weird (but affordable) museums? Been to some yourself? Let us know in the comments.

By Jessy Troy

Jessy Troy is the excited traveler and mom blogging from home. You can find me tweeting at @jessytroy